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What to see in New York: the 20 best attractions and things to do


New York is one of those cities to visit at least once in a lifetime! If you are planning a trip to the Big Apple, be sure to organize a detailed itinerary: the attractions to see are in fact many and a month would not be enough! It is therefore important to follow intelligent itineraries, placing nearby attractions on the same day.

But, in this big city, what are the must-sees not to be missed? Find out with us what to see in New York: the best attractions and things to do in the city that never sleeps!



Index

  1. Times Square
  2. Empire State Building
  3. Central Park
  4. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  5. Rockefeller Center and Top of The Rock
  6. Wall Street and Charging Bull
  7. World Trade Center and Memorial 9/11
  8. Brooklyn Bridge
  9. Highline
  10. MoMa
  11. Guggenheim Museum
  12. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  13. American Museum of Natural History
  14. Frick Collection
  15. The Vessel
  16. The Edge
  17. Bronx zoo
  18. Central Park Zoo
  19. Lower Manhattan neighborhoods: Soho, Little Italy and Chinatown
  20. Harlem and Bronx
  21. Other attractions to visit
  22. 5 things to do in New York
  23. User questions and comments

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1 - Times Square

On a trip to New York you can only start your itinerary from Times Square, one of the symbols of the city! It is not really a square, it is actually the intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue and extends from West 42nd Street to West 47th Street. It is said that New York is the city that never sleeps and here in Times Square you will understand why: the lights of the billboards and illuminated signs shine even at night and the square is crowded at any time!

Many walking tours depart from Times Square to discover Broadway, one of the most famous streets in all of New York! Furthermore, in this area there are numerous shops such as the Hard Rock Cafe and the M & M'S World, a must see especially if you are traveling with children!

Easily accessible on foot from the Empire State Building (1km, 13 min) and Rockefeller Center (700m, 9 min). Served by numerous buses (M6, M7, M10, M20, M27, M42 and M104 lines, $ 2,50 / € 2,25) and the subway (42nd St. Times Square station, red line 1, 2, 3, purple line 7, Yellow Line N, Q, R, $ 2,75 / € 2,50) - Get directions



When to visit: in addition to seeing it during the day, we advise you to admire it in the middle of the night, with the light of the billboards and screens. You will feel like you are really inside a movie. If you visit New York on New Year's Day, you can't miss the traditional Ball Drop, the large sphere that is dropped from the One Times Square skyscraper to inaugurate the upcoming new year!

2 - Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is, without a doubt, one of the undisputed symbols of New York! Present in all the photos taken in the city, it stands out on the nearby skyscrapers with its 443 m (including the antenna). Along with the Top of The Rock and the World Trade Center, it is one of the three panoramic observatories from which to admire the beauty of New York from above!

It is one of those must-see attractions, so much so that many City Passes in the city include both day and night admission to admire the illuminated city (if you do not have the NYC Explorer Pass or another city card, we recommend purchasing a ticket with standard and priority access to avoid long queues). You can't say you've been to New York without boarding the Empire! There are two different observatories, the 86th Floor Observatory and the 102nd Floor Observatory, of which the former is the main one! To the observatories you go up with a fast elevator and between one floor and another you can also visit various exhibitions, both permanent and temporary.


When to visit: we advise you to admire the view from the top of the Empire both day and night. You could opt for the sunset time.


  • at 20 W 34th St. Easily walkable to Times Square (1km, 13 min) and Rockefeller Center (1,4km, 17 min). Nearest Subway Stop 34 St - Herald Sq Subway Station (Orange Line B, D, F, M, Yellow Line N, Q, R, W), Bus Stop 5 Av / W 33 St (Line BxM4) - Get Directions
  • every day 8: 00-2: 00
  • Main Floor 86th Deck full $ 36,00 (€ 30,60), reduced $ 31,00 (€ 26,30), senior $ 35,00 (€ 29,70) / The Premium Experience $ 161,55 (€ 137,40) / Sunrise Experience $ 114,81 (€ 97,60)

3 - Central Park

Central Park is the green lung of New York and one of the largest parks in the world. It stretches all along the Manhattan Peninsula! Open 365 days a year, the best way to enjoy it in peace is early in the morning, while during the day it is quite crowded. But given its vastness, we advise you to dedicate at least half a day to it, even if a full day would not be enough to visit it all!

Admission is of course free, but there are several activities you can do, from simple walks along its paths to bike rides. There are several bike rental services (starting from € 7,00). In the park you can also find different attractions, such as the Central Park Zoo (daily from 10am, closing times vary by day, $ 00 / € 17,95) and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Sun-Thu 16,20am - 10pm : 00, Fri-Sat 17: 30-10: 00, $ 21 / € 00). Don't miss the Statue of Balto, the Strawberry Fields Memorial dedicated to John Lennon and a boat ride to The Loeb Boathouse (Mon-Fri 25,00: 21,50-10: 00, Sat-Sun 16: 30-10: 00, now $ 19 , 00 / € 15,00). In winter an ice rink is also set up!



Getting around: we advise you to rent a bike at a cost of about € 7,00

  • in the center of the Manhattan peninsula, between 5th Avenue, Central Park West, 59th Street and 110th Street. Easily accessible on foot from Times Square (1km, 13 mins), on either side are the MET, Guggenheim, American Museum of Natural History and the Frick Collection. Easily accessible from all over Manhattan by bus (lines 5, 6, 7, A, B, C and D, $ 2,75 / € 2,50) or subway (lines M1, M2, M3, M4 and M10, $ 2,50 / € 2,25) - Get directions
  • every day 6: 00-1: 00
  • free

4 - Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Another attraction not to be missed is the Statue of Liberty, or the Statue of Liberty National Monument, national monument from the 1886. It is located on an islet not too far from Manhattan, which you can reach on a river cruise. Then it will be up to you to decide whether to admire it only from the ferry, perhaps with a sunset cruise, or visit the islet and get to the pedestal. It is also possible to climb up to the crown, but the visit must be booked well in advance, even months before, as places sell out very quickly (to be booked directly on the official website).

The visit to the Statue of Liberty is always associated with the visit of Ellis Island, an islet that it became the marshalling yard for immigrants who came to America to pursue their American dream. Here is in fact the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, a museum of immigration where the history of the island is traced (every day 9: 30-17: 30, entrance included in the ferry to get to Ellis Island).

  • with Battery Park boat. Battery Place Ticket Office at Castle Clinton. Nearest tube station Bowling Green (green lines 4 and 5), Greenwich St / Battery Pl bus stop (line BxM18). Cruise duration one hour round trip - Get directions
  • in summer, departures every day 8: 00-17: 00 every 30 min. In winter, reduced hours based on the days and weather conditions, consult the official website
  • one hour cruise from € 23,00 / Statue of Liberty Pedestal full $ 19,25 (€ 16,40), senior $ 14,00 (€ 11,90), reduced $ 9,00 (€ 7,60) / Statue of Liberty Crown full $ 22,25 (€ 18,90), senior $ 17,00 (€ 14,50), reduced $ 12,00 (€ 10,20)

5 - Rockefeller Center and Top of The Rock

Also in the heart of Manhattan is located another unmissable destination, especially during the Christmas period: we are talking about the Rockefeller Center, a complex of 19 commercial buildings, including the NBC Studios (also open to visitors, but only via a guided tour), the Radio City Music Hall and the Top of The Rock. at the end of November a large ice rink is set up here e you can witness the lighting of the large Christmas tree, which kicks off Christmas celebrations across the city!

Of all the buildings, the Top of The Rock is not to be missed, panoramic observatory from which you can admire one of the most beautiful views of New York, as, right in front of this building as the crow flies is the Empire State Building. The observatory it consists of 3 panoramic terraces, one internal and two external, with spectacular views of all the surroundings!

Book your visit: Top of The Rock is one of the most popular viewing platforms, therefore always super crowded. We recommend that you visit it early in the morning and get your ticket with a flexible date

  • at 45 Rockefeller Plaza. Easily accessible on foot from Times Square (700m, 9mins) and the Empire State Building (1,4km, 17mins). Nearest Subway Stop 47-50 Sts-Rockefeller Ctr (Orange Line B, D, F, M), Bus Stops along 5th Avenue - Get Directions
  • Rockefeller Center always accessible, morning rink from November to April 8: 30-00: 00 / Top of The Rock every day 8: 00-24: 00
  • Free Rockefeller Center, $ 25,00 (€ 21,20) one and a half hour skating rink, $ 13,00 (€ 11,00) skate rental / Full Top of The Rock $ 38,00 (€ 32,30), senior $ 36,00 (€ 30,60), reduced $ 32,00 (€ 27,20)

6 - Wall Street and Charging Bull

Lower Manhattan is the financial district of New York. It is an area that we recommend you visit because here you will find Wall Street and the World Trade Center.

Wall Street is the way that best represents the financial, banking and institutional heart of the city. Here are the headquarters of the most important American banks, the Federal Hall and the New York Stock Exchange. To better discover it, we recommend the walking tour of the financial district and Wall Street! And don't forget to take a photo in front of the Charging Bull, there statue of the bull symbol of the American way and power.

The closest subway station is Wall Street Station (red lines 2 and 3, green lines 4 and 5). Easy walking distance from World Trade Center (600m, 10 min) - Get directions

7 - World Trade Center and Memorial 9/11

Not far from Wall Street is the World Trade Center, also known as Ground Zero. It was once a complex of 7 buildings, including the Twin Towers, which dominated the New York skyline.

The Twin Towers were destroyed by the terrorist attack of 11 September 2001. Where the towers once stood, today there is the 9/11 Museum and Memorial, a real tribute to those who lost their lives that day (recommended the tour to the Memorial with entrance to the Museum).

A visit to the One World Trade Center, with the tallest observatory in New York (Skip-the-line ticket purchase recommended). From here you can enjoy wonderful views of the entire Manhattan Peninsula and surrounding areas, including the Statue of Liberty and New Jersey.

  • in Lower Manhattan. To World Trade Center, World Trade Center station and WTC Cortlandt metro station (red line 1). Easily walkable from Wall Street (600m, 10mins) - Get directions
  • World Trade Center always accessible / Memorial 9/11 Sun-Thu 9: 00-20: 00, Fri-Sat 9: 00-21: 00 / One World Trade Center every day 9: 00-21: 00
  • Free World Trade Center / Memorial 9/11 full $ 26,00 (€ 22,10), reduced $ 20,00 (€ 17,00) / One World Trade Center full $ 38,00 (€ 32,20), senior $ 36,00 (€ 30,60), reduced $ 32,00 (€ 27,20)

8 - Brooklyn Bridge

In any self-respecting trip to the Big Apple, you cannot miss a stop at the Broolyn Bridge, iconic bridge that connects the boroughs of Manhattan to that of Brooklyn. It is the first bridge built in steel and for a long time it was the largest suspension bridge in the world. It was completed in 1883.

As you can imagine, this bridge is always very crowded, especially with tourists who want to take a souvenir photo! From the lane reserved for pedestrians, higher than that of cars, you can admire a beautiful view of the New York skyline!

From Manhattan, the reference subway station is Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall Subway Station (green line 4, 5, 6), from Brooklyn the reference station is York Street Subway Station (orange line F) - Get directions

When to visit: early in the morning, as it is less crowded, or at sunset, to admire the sky that is tinged with red and the city lights that slowly come on

9 - High Line

By now you know, New York is an avant-garde and constantly changing city, who tries to get the best out of every situation! A practical example of this is the High Line, i.e. one old elevated railway line! Its history begins in 1860 and today it is a wonderful park open to the public, with beautiful views over the city!

The area is located in Midtown Manhattan and runs parallel to 10th Avenue. There are multiple entrances along the way, one of the most used is the one in Gansevoort Street, and extends for 2,33 km. To walk around the park it takes about an hour, no breaks for photos! It is also a popular place for New Yorkers, where they can relax and admire their beloved city

  • in western Midtown Manhattan. It runs parallel to 10th Avenue, entrance on Gansevoort Street. Closest Subway Station 14th Street (Red Line 1, 2, 3) - Get directions
  • from December to March 7: 00-19: 00, from April and May and from October and November 7: 00-22: 00, from June to September 7: 00-23: 00
  • free

10 - MoMa

New York is a world famous cultural center and here there are some of the most famous art museums in the world! Among these are the MoMa and the Guggenheim. As these are must-see attractions, free or discounted admission is included with several city cards, such as the NYC Explorer Pass. By purchasing the Pass, you can save on several entrances!

The MoMa, or the Museum of Modern Art, is one of the best known contemporary art museums in the world. The collections host some of the most famous works, such as Van Gogh's Starry Night, Picasso's Les demoiselles d'Avignon and Dali's Persistence of Memory, priceless paintings that we all studied at school!

Skip the line: unmissable museum in New York and one of the most famous in the world. For this reason, we recommend purchasing priority entrance to avoid long queues

  • at 11 W 53rd St. Easily walkable to Times Square (950m, 12 min) and Rockefeller Center (650m, 8 min). Closest Tube Station 5 Avenue-53 St Station (Blue Line £, Orange M) - Get Directions
  • MoMa every day 10: 30-17: 30 / Guggenheim every day 10: 30-17: 30, Fri until 20:00
  • Full Moma $ 25,00 (€ 21,50), senior $ 18,00 (€ 15,30), students $ 14,00 (€ 11,90) / discounted admissions with the NYC Explorer Pass

11 - Guggenheim Museum

Another art museum in the city not to be missed is the Guggenheim Museum, facing Central Park!

The Guggenheim it houses modern and contemporary works of art. But we can say that the structure alone is a real work of art!

There are very few Guggenheim Museums around the world and founded by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Among the best known are that of Bilbao, that of Venice and this in New York, on 5th Avenue and in front of Central Park. It is therefore an unmissable visit.

Skip the line: also in this case it is advisable to purchase the priority entrance to avoid the queues at the entrance

  • at 1071 5th Ave, across from Central Park. Closest Subway Station 86th Street (Green Line 4, 5, 6) - Get Directions
  • every day 10: 30-17: 30, Fri until 20:00
  • full $ 25,00 (€ 21,50), seniors $ 18,00 (€ 15,30), students $ 14,00 (€ 11,90)

12 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In the Central Park area there are some important museums in New York, including the MET and the American Museum of Natural History.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, known as MET, is one of the most important museums in the world, with one of the largest collections of ancient and contemporary works of art (given the long lines at the entrance, we recommend the purchase of the priority ticket).

This, too, is the place where the famous Met Gala is held every year, a gala organized to raise funds for the museum's Costume Institute. You can only participate by invitation and many celebrities parade here, ready to amaze photographers and other guests with their clothes tailored for the event.

  • at 1000 5th Ave, in Central Park. Nearest subway stop 86th Street (green lines 4, 5, 6), bus stop 5 Av / W 85 St Traverse (lines 0028 and BxM7) - Get directions
  • dom-gio 10:00-17:30, ven-sab 10:00-21:00
  • full $ 25,00 (€ 21,50), seniors $ 17,00 (€ 14,50), students $ 12,00 (€ 10,20), under 12 free

13 - American Museum of Natural History

If the MET is located along Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History is on the opposite street, not far from the Strawberry Fields Memorial and Central Park Belvedere Castle. It is also a very popular museum for children, therefore ideal to visit if you are traveling with your family!

The American Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum with the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in the world (it is recommended to purchase the ticket online to avoid the queue at the ticket offices). Then there are areas dedicated to marine animals, fossils and much more! Curiosity: here was set the movie Night at the Museum 2006 with Ben Stiller, while the second is set at the museum in Washington DC.

  • at 200 Central Park West. Closest subway stop 81 Street - Museum of Natural History (lines A, B, C), Central PK W & West 79 St bus stop (line M10) - Get directions
  • every day 10: 00-17: 45
  • full $ 23,00 (€ 19,50), seniors and students $ 18,00 (€ 15,30), children 3-12 years $ 13,00 (€ 11,00)

14 - Frick Collection

You may never have heard of the Frick Collection when you heard of New York. This museum, not well known among the many tourists who visit the city, is actually one of the most important small museums in the Big Apple and inside it preserves works of inestimable value and beauty!

The collection is hosted inside theformer residence of Henry Clay Frick, an American entrepreneur and art collector, also referred to as "the most hated man in America". Among the works on display are some of the most important masterpieces of European painting, sculptures and period furniture. Among these, you can admire the cycle of paintings The progress of love by Fragonard, Bellini's Saint Francis in the desert, the Coronation of the Virgin by the Venetian and the Allegory of Vice and Virtue by Veronese.

  • at 1 E 70th St, across from Central Park. Closest tube stop 68 St - Lexington Av (green lines 4, 6), bus stop 5 Av / E 72 St (lines M1, M2, M3, M4, M72) - Get directions
  • Tue-Sat 10: 00-18: 00, Sun 10: 00-17: 00, closed Mondays and American holidays. First Friday of the month (except January and September) until 21pm
  • full $ 22,00 (€ 18,70), senior $ 17,00 (€ 14,50), reduced $ 12,00 (€ 10,20). Entry to children under 10 is not permitted

15 - The Vessel

One of New York's newest attractions, inaugurated in March 2019. We are talking about The Vessel, which with its unusual architecture immediately entered the heart of New Yorkers and tourists! It is located in Hudson Yards and admission is free, but Reservations are required on the official website because the daily number of entries is limited.

For its particular honeycomb architectureIncluding 154 connected flights of stairs and as many as 80 intermediate terraces, and the wonderful view from the top, this property aims to become one of New York's most popular attractions! Absolutely unmissable!

  • at 20 Hudson Yards. Easily accessible on foot from the High Line (190m, 3 min) and Times Square (1,9km, 23 min). Nearest Subway Station 34th St-Hudson Yards Subway Station (Purple Line 7) - Get Directions
  • every day 10: 00-21: 00
  • free, to be booked on the official website

16 - The Edge

In the same Hudson Yards complex, where The Vessel is located, there is also The Edge, the highest viewing platform in New York! Even higher than the Empire State Building, the Top of The Rock and the World Trade Center. But not only that, it is also thehighest outdoor observatory in the western hemisphere. Opened in March 2020, it is poised to become one of the most visited attractions in the city!

From the platform of this modern building you can admire a wonderful 360 ° view of the whole city! It is a memorable experience and you can also admire the Empire State Building from above. One of the best times to visit The Edge is definitely the sunset!

  • 30 Hudson Yards. Easily accessible on foot from the High Line (190m, 3 min) and Times Square (1,9km, 23 min). Nearest Subway Station 34th St-Hudson Yards Subway Station (Purple Line 7) - Get Directions
  • every day 8: 00-00: 00
  • full $ 36,00 (€ 30,60), reduced $ 31,00 (€ 26,40), senior $ 34,00 (€ 28,90)

17 - Bronx Zoo

If you are traveling with children, then you absolutely cannot get lost. But it is an attraction to visit even if you are traveling as a couple or with friends! It is located outside of Manhattan in the borough of the Bronx, but it is easily accessible thanks to the metro or thanks to the dedicated bus service!

The Bronx Zoo is the largest zoo in the United States of America and offers its visitors an overview of all the animals in the world. It extends for 655 hectares and hosts more than 6.000 animals and more than 700 species, including some at risk of extinction. The spaces where the animals live are very large, the habitats have been reconstructed in great detail and here there is also an animal hospital!

There are two types of tickets: the General Admission, which guarantees admission to the zoo, and the Total Experience, available online on the official website and which includes all the extra attractions for a fee!

Devote a whole day: as this is the largest zoo in the United States of America, we recommend that you dedicate the whole day to it and wear comfortable shoes, there will be plenty to walk

  • in at 2300 Southern Blvd, The Bronx. Nearest subway stop West Farm Sq / East Tremont Av, (2 blocks from Zoo Entrance A, 6 min walk), Times Square Red Line 2 (50 min). By bus, dedicated line BxM11 Express Bus, stops at Madison Avenue and between 26th and 99th Streets, arrive at Zoo's Bronx River Entrance (service operates 6:00 am-23:00pm, each way $ 6,75 / € 5,70) - Get directions
  • summer period 10: 00-17: 00, winter period until 16:00 or 16:30 depending on the month. Closed December 25th, January 1st, Martin Luther King Day and Thanksgiving Day
  • General Admission full $ 24,95 (€ 21,20), senior $ 22,95 (€ 19,50), reduced $ 16,95 (€ 14,40) / Total Experience $ 39,95 (€ 34,00), senior $ 34,95, 29,70 (€ 29,95), reduced $ 25,50 (€ )

18 - Central Park Zoo

Another New York Zoo, ideal to visit with children, is the Central Park Zoo. Smaller than the Bronx Zoo, it is located in the beautiful setting of Central Park and is really very easy to reach!

The zoo is one of the main attractions of the park, located in its southernmost part and extends for 6 and a half hectares. Moreover, it is the first zoo to be established in New York, opened in 1935. The park is home to about 500 animals, mainly small and medium-sized, which come from three climatic areas, tropical, temperate and polar.

Visit with children: this is the zoo where the famous Madagascar cartoon was set, with four friends Alex the lion, Martin the zebra, Gloria the hippo and Melman the giraffe! Not to mention the four "cute and cuddly" penguins. Children will have fun looking for these animals in the zoo!

  • on East 64th Street, Central Park. Easily accessible on foot from the Frick Collection (600m, 7 min) and Rockefeller Center (1,2km, 15 min). Closest Subway Stop 5 Avenue Station (Yellow Line N, R, W) - Get Directions
  • every day, generally from 10:00, closing time varies according to the season; we advise you to consult the exact time for your day of visit on the official website
  • full $ 17,95 (€ 15,30), reduced 3-12 years $ 13,45 (€ 11,50), senior $ 15,25 (€ 13,00), free for children under 2 years

19 - Lower Manhattan neighborhoods: Soho, Little Italy and Chinatown

New York is a cosmopolitan city, where cultures from all over the world coexist with each other! And in fact, walking along the streets of the city, it will be the norm stumble upon several unique and characteristic neighborhoods. The characteristics that distinguish them from the rest of the city are different, let's see which are the most iconic.

In the southern part of Manhattan we find Soho, short for South of Houston, definitely is one of the most famous districts of the city, characterized by colorful houses. It is the shopping, fashion and entertainment district. In fact, there is no shortage of clubs, restaurants, shops, high fashion boutiques and art galleries. Do not miss a walk in Little Italy and Chinatown, once neighborhoods inhabited by immigrants (hence their names), today characteristic areas that have joined the rest of the city.

Soho, Little Italy and Chinatown are located in Lower Manhattan, 10 min walk from each other. The main metro stations are Canal St (green line 4, 6), Spring Street (blue line A, C, E) and Grand St (orange line B, D) - Get directions

Visit time: being all located close to each other, we advise you to visit them in a single afternoon, walking through the streets and immersing yourself in their characteristic atmospheres

20 - Harlem and Bronx

Moving to the northernmost part of Manhattan we find Harlem, a neighborhood linked to the African American community, known for jazz clubs and gospel music! If you are a fan of the genre, we recommend the 4 hour gospel tour in Harlem! This is a great neighborhood to stay in even if you're on a tight budget, with the precaution not to venture into the East Harlem area, which may be less safe at night than other busier areas in New York.

Finally, we recommend that you visit the Bronx district, famous for being the cradle of Hip Hop culture. Here is also the Bronx Zoo, one of the most famous in the world, already mentioned above! If you are interested in also get to know the other districts of New York in addition to that of Manhattan, we recommend that you take part in a bus tour of the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn, moving so quickly and having a general overview of the whole city!

To visit Harlem, in Upper Manhattan, the main metro station 125 Street Station (blue lines A and C, orange lines B and D, Get directions), the Bronx is located north of Manhattan, but we recommend you to reach it with a tour private.

Visit safely: it is advisable to visit the neighborhoods during the day, especially the Bronx, as in the evening it could be not too safe. For Harlem, it's best to avoid Harlem East late at night. The important thing is to always be alert and attentive, as in any big city

Other attractions to visit

Obviously there are many other attractions worth a visit.
Among the many museums, we point out the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum ($ 33,00 / € 28,00) and the Museum of the City of New York ($ 20,00 / € 17,00). If you are traveling with children, we also recommend the Children's Museum Of Manhattan ($ 14,00 / € 11,90) and the Children's Museum of the Arts ($ 13,00 / € 11,00). If that's your thing, we also recommend Madame Tussauds New York, the wax museum ($ 36,99 / € 31,50).

New York is scattered with buildings that are not to be missed from an architectural and historical point of view and that you can admire from the outside by taking a souvenir photo! These include the Flatiron Building, the Chrysler Building, the Trump Tower and 432 Park Avenue. Don't forget to admire the New York Public Library, Grand Central Terminal train station and World Trade Center from inside.

Finally, you can't miss the great shops on 5th Avenue! Among these, don't miss the Tiffany shop with a framed letter from the protagonist, the big NBA store, the Apple store and the Victoria Secret store!

5 things to do in New York


  1. Helicopter ride: if you are not afraid of heights, you absolutely cannot miss the most famous skyline in the world! Also available is the night helicopter tour over the lights of NYC, even more impactful
  2. Sailboat ride: Step back in time with a cruise on the great Clipper City. See the city from the river aboard New York's largest sailboat
  3. Broadway: Broadway is a real institution in New York! If you are traveling with children we absolutely recommend the Disney experience on Broadway, the magic of the behind the scenes, to discover the fantastic world of Disney
  4. Gospel tour: Highlights of the 4-hour gospel tour in Harlem, a neighborhood in the northern part of Manhattan and which includes the Apollo Theater, Sugar Hill, Morningside Heights and Columbia University
  5. Natale a New York: among decorations, markets, skating rinks and events, we recommend that you visit the city during the holidays, to enjoy a magical atmosphere unique in the world; maybe taking advantage of the many themed tours!

Plan your stay in New York: flights and hotels

New York is an expensive destination, so it is essential to book in advance, especially flights and hotels. The city is served by three airports, but the main one is the JFK International Airport (31 km, flights from € 326,00 -).

For accommodation, we advise you to book early. The best district to stay in is Manhattan (accommodation from € 70,00 per room), the best areas are Times Square (the hub of nightlife) or the cheaper Harlem, Soho, Little Italy and Chinatown.

Moving only on foot is impossible! The best way is the metro! We do not recommend the buses, which are affected by the traffic of the city. If you are traveling with children, the quietest neighborhoods to stay, but still central, are those of Upper Manhattan, around Central Park, where most of the attractions recommended for families are also concentrated.

Between the free attractions we point out the High Line or The Vessel. In addition, several museums provide hours with free admission on certain days of the week. To admire a wonderful sunset at no cost, then you can head to the Brookyln Bridge!

  • City Pass: to save on admissions we recommend the purchase of a city card. There are various types, such as the NYC Explorer Pass or the New York Pass, the choice depends on the length of your stay and what you want to visit
  • Panoramic bus: on the first day, to settle in the city, we advise you to take a panoramic tour on Big Bus, thus enjoying a panoramic ride and seeing all the main attractions from the outside
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